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Most Common Air Conditioning Problems Homeowners Face

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Gone are the days when air conditioners were looked upon as items of luxury; they have become a necessity since the temperature has been rising due to global warming. Whether you live in Australia, United States or any other country, air conditioning is important to make lives easier and comfortable. Air conditioning Brisbane or in any other country requires regular repair and maintenance.

However, the air conditioner might still show signs of problems. The most common problem that homeowners face is improper functioning of the cooling system. Besides that, here are some major AC problems most people encounter.

Faulty Wiring

Air conditioners often malfunction, if the wiring is not installed properly or has problems within it. For instance haphazard or uncertified A/C wiring may lead to fire hazards. Faulty wiring prevents the system from getting enough power and can also trip the circuit breaker again and again.

Low Refrigerant

Refrigerant is a liquid present inside the air conditioner that is responsible for cooling the air. Even though, the refrigerant is not used for cooling, it may leak out. Reduced refrigerant level implies there are leaks in the system or problems with the refrigerant system and leads to improper or uneven cooling. Refrigerant leaks must be identified and repaired at once to avoid complete breakdown of the cooling system.

Frozen Coil

Frozen coils indicate improper air-flow. The air often gets restricted by filthy air filters or obstructed by faulty ductwork. Low refrigerant can also lead to frozen coils. So you need to get in touch with the HVAC technicians immediately and get the air conditioner fixed.

Malfunctioning Outside Fan

The outside fan is responsible for free air flow; this mean the heat absorbed from the room is released outside while cool air is circulated within the room. If the fan doe not function properly air circulation is hindered and the heat gets trapped inside the system overheating the air conditioning compressor. Again overheated air conditioning compressor may trip the safety overload. If left unattended for a long time, the compressor may get damaged permanently.

Most homeowners do not take notice of the problems until the air conditioner stops working completely. But that means considerable damage has already been done and only expensive repairs or complete replacement can only solve the problems. However, by being vigilant of the problems you can prevent permanent damage and keep the air conditioner highly efficient.


How to Choose the Right Bathroom Vanities

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Bath vanities are the most valuable assets to any bathroom, so homeowners must choose the vanities carefully. The right bathroom vanities not only make the bathroom look great but they also improve the overall functionality. You need to be even more careful if you have a small bathroom, since space is a constraint. No doubt vanities are available in a large range of styles, sizes and budgets; so you need to choose the one that suits your personal requirements.

When choosing a vanity for your bathroom, here are some factors that you need to consider:

The Right Place

Vanities are highly functional piece of furniture so they need to be placed correctly. Choose a place where the vanity won’t interfere with the traffic even if the drawers or doors are open. There should be enough space above the vanity, so that you can install mirrors and place the necessary items conveniently.

Another major thing that you need to consider is plumbing. If you change the entire design of the bathroom, the plumbing will need to be moved as well. Changing the vanity style might also require the plumbing to be upgraded. So evaluate whether you have enough budget to accommodate the extra work or not.

The Ideal Size

The size, width and height, of the bathroom should be determined carefully. A vanity that is too large will block too much space and one that is too small will not provide enough storage space. So measure the space available to determine what size of the vanity would be a perfect fit for your bathroom. Made-to-order vanities are best for compact spaces, since readymade vanities are available in specific sizes.

Evaluate Your Storage Needs

Make a list of the items that you need to store inside the vanity. Consider the extra items that you might require storing as well. Assess how you would like to access the items stored inside; do you want drawers or doors. Once you have an idea about how much storage space you require, you can decide what style of vanity would be suitable for you. Both wall-mounted and free standing vanities look good; but the choice should be based on your needs and requirements.

Vanity Material and Countertop

Choosing the right material and countertop is very important to ensure longevity of the vanity. Both the vanity material and countertop should be water resistant and easy to maintain. Natural wood looks good but it must be sealed properly to avoid water damage. With plenty of choices available, it’s important to make sure the material you choose is easy-to-maintain for you and complements the overall look of the bathroom.        

When choosing bathroom vanities, you can either buy a readymade vanity or get one custom made. Custom made vanities are most suitable for bathrooms that have weird angles and space restrictions. So evaluate your needs and requirements and choose a bathroom vanity wisely.


How to Tell if Your Air Conditioner Needs More Refrigerant

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If you have ACs installed in your home but still don’t feel comfortable, it’s an obvious sign that your AC unit is not working properly. If the air conditioner fails to cool appropriately, it requires more refrigerant. There are many different types of refrigerants used for different types of models but R-410a and R-22 are the most commonly used refrigerants.

Refrigerants are heat transfer liquids that absorb heat from the air inside the room and transfers it outside after cooling it. Unlike other fuels like gas, petrol, diesel, etc. the refrigerants are never used up or consumed by the air conditioner. It just circulates within the machine to cool the air. However, there may be leaks in the system from where the refrigerant might escape. So if you find the air conditioner is not cooling as it should be, call the HVAC technicians immediately.

However, there are some sure signs that indicate the air conditioner needs more refrigerant and they are:

  • The supply ducts blow hot air even when the thermostat is set to ‘cool’
  • Water accumulates on the floor due to condensation
  • You find ice on the copper wires from the air conditioner to indoor coil.
  • Higher energy bills since the AC  runs longer to cool the room
  • The air conditioner takes abnormally longer time to cool

If you see the above signs then you can be sure that the air conditioner requires more refrigerant. The next question that arises is what should you do when you find the AC is in need of more refrigerant? Here is what you should do:

Call the HVAC technicians immediately and get the air conditioner inspected thoroughly. They will look for the point of leakage, fix it and fill in more refrigerant. If you keep neglecting the problem, the air conditioner might stop working completely. If you see problems with your commercial air conditioning system, get in touch with technicians who are proficient at commercial air conditioning repairs; whereas for residential air conditioners you must call residential HVAC technicians. Since the residential and commercial cooling systems differ significantly, different skill sets are required to handle them, so make sure you call the experts.

One thing you must never do is try to fill the refrigerant yourself. If you are not experienced, you might do more harm than good. So keep your eyes open for the signs of damage and call professionals for help if you notice something out of order.   


Tips to Decorate Your Interiors with Plants and Flowers

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Decorating your interiors with plants and flowers adds a breath of fresh air and make your home a more welcoming space. You can decorate simply or create intricate designs which look stunning, apart from bringing character and positive energy into your home. If you don’t have a garden, even then you can easily dress up your home in beautiful floral arrangements for special occasions. You simply have to get your flowers from a reputed florist like flower delivery Brisbane. Having said that, check out these simple yet stunning ideas to decorate your interiors.

Gorgeous orchids

Orchids last long, sometimes for a month or so. Phalaenopsis thrive in humid conditions and need light as well. They do well in bathrooms but as they are potted in fast draining medium, you have to keep them hydrated. Protect from direct and strong sunlight and allow the top half-inch to dry before watering the plant again. Be sure to choose a plant which shiny and bright foliage and the lowest flowers are open.

Add greenery to the kitchen

Your kitchen is the best place to showcase some greenery. While herbs and small plants on the window sill look pretty, flowers and blooms make your kitchen look cheerful and bright.

Decorate from the ground up

You can take plants from the ground level and line them on a bench. You can build a shelf with narrow rows of shelves and will look great, as well as displaying your talent in painting the pots and the shelf. You can choose a variety of house plants and flowers for your unique indoor plant shelf.

DIY terrariums

Tiny DIY terrariums are wonderful, creative additions to any tabletop. The cute factor can be upped by customising with mini figurines.

Dress up flowers

The vase you place your flowers in can add some drama to your arrangement. An interesting African urn would make your flower arrangement look unique and beautiful. Fresh exotic flowers can amp up this décor idea even further flowers.

Towering tree

You can transform an empty, dreary corner into a lively one by adding a lovely, tall tree in it. If you place in on a wheel base, you can wheel it out easily for some sun or to clean the corner.

Succulent still life

Mini cacti and succulents make up an intriguing still life in your living home. Mistletoe cactus, aloe, jade etc can be used to create your succulent artwork placed in beautiful china pots.

Plants and flowers make your home look beautiful and cheerful. Kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and living rooms can all look great with the addition of greenery.


How to Stay Safe While You Carry Out Home Improvements

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Have you got a keen interest in DIY? It's a great way to get work done quickly, without spending too much money, but it can become an expensive activity if you or someone dear to you has an accident while you're working. You should always take the necessary precautions when you work and make sure that your work environment is as safe as possible. Below are some ways you can stay safe while you carry out home improvements.

Invest in the Right Safety Equipment

Before you even contemplate working on a new project, make sure you have all of the safety equipment you need. For instance, if you will be working above the ground, you need to have protective headgear and safety items like Harness Land fall protection equipment. These items could save your life and the lives of other people who are helping you to complete dangerous work.

Make Sure All of Your Tools are In Good Working Order

You should regularly check and maintain all of your tools. Faulty electrical tools in particular, have the potential to cause serious accidents and damage to property. Make sure there are no exposed wires and that your tools are not damaged or have defects that could cause serious problems.

Storage

A lot of the tools, equipment and accessories used to renovate a home or carry out DIY tasks have the potential to be dangerous if they are allowed to fall into the wrong hands. You should have a dedicated storage area where you can safely store your tools, dangerous substances and any other items that could harm you or someone else.

Organize Your Workplace

The more unorganized a workplace is, the more likely it is that an accident will occur. To address this issue, you need to declutter your workspace by removing obstacles that people could trip over or slip on. Any items that could cause a fire should also be stored in a safe place. This should be a continuous routine because it doesn't take long for a workplace to become untidy and dangerous again.

Prevent Other People from Entering Your Workspace

While you're working, you want to be able to concentrate on the job at hand. If possible, find ways to prevent other people from interrupting you while you work. Kids, in particular, could be at risk of injury while you are working on a project.

Double Check Everything When You Finish Your Work

Preparation is key when you want to do a good job safely, but it's just as important to check everything when you finish your work each day. For example, you should always make sure everything is stored away and that all of your electric tools are plugged out and no fire hazards exist.

Safety should be the main concern for every DIY enthusiast and home renovator. Unfortunately, not everyone takes this advice and eventually suffers the consequences. However, taking simple precautions like those mentioned above will ensure that you and those around you remain safe at the end of every building project you complete.


Buzzworthy Topics Every Home Improvement Blogger Should Be Covering

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With the recent boom of social sites focused on DIY such as Pinterest, traditional home improvement blogs have to really dig deep when it comes to building an audience. That being said, the design and DIY niches are so broad that there's plenty of ground for you to cover. Your audience is out there, granted you take the time to educate them on topics they actually want to read about.

First and foremost, you should make sure that your blog puts a personal touch on each and every post through the following means:

  • Storytelling, which works to build an emotional connection with your readership
  • Education, which includes plenty of how-to guides that are sure to drive traffic
  • Imagery and examples: in the home improvement niche, you should couple visual content with your written pieces so readers can follow along and actually see what you're talking about

The elephant in the room still remains: what topics are ultimately going to win over readers? How do you stand out amongst the crowd in such a competitive niche?

Don't let yourself get discouraged. Instead, ensure that your blog drives traffic and revenue by putting a unique spin on some of the following tried-and-tested topics. Granted that you inject your own sense of voice and personality into your blog, these topics are a hotbed for debate and discussion, guaranteeing that you'll get plenty of love via social media and the comments section.

Buying Your First Home

First-time home-buyers are inherently stressed out and absolutely need to be educated in terms of managing their new investment. The sheer amount of legwork involved in buying a new home represents a goldmine of topics related to decor, from how to decide which pieces to keep from your old home to money-saving hacks for home improvement and beyond.

Think about it this way: what home improvement questions would you have wanted answered when you bought your first home? Brainstorm such topics and branch out from there.

How to Start from Scratch

In the face of a disaster or the desire to reinvent one's living space, many newbies to DIY and décor have no idea where to start. Try to touch on inspirational topics for beginners, noting simple projects to get started with and strategies for breaking down more complex ones.

Don't cater solely to experts: after all, many of your readers are probably looking to learn the ropes of DIY for the first time. In due time, you could become their go-to resource if your content is relevant to their needs.

Hidden Costs and Secret Tips

Breaking your own news is a fantastic tip for any blogger; however, perhaps the best news to break for design enthusiasts is how to keep the price tag down on any given project. Focus on home improvements that save money or are incredibly cost effective: such topics tend to go viral on social sites and could help you build some serious backlinks.

Although you may feel like a small fish in the huge sea of the DIY and décor blogosphere, fear not. Instead, focus on tired-and-tested topics that your readers will love and be sure to provide your unique perspective accordingly.